anonymous asked:

I have OCD which mainly manifests itself in a fear of contamination(germs)and the idea of sex is disgusting to me but I don't know if I can say I'm asexual because I do experience sexual attraction I just can't make myself do it without having a panic attack.

If identifying as asexual is useful to you, then you’re allowed to do it. Most of us agree that it’s fine for people who do experience attraction but are sex-repulsed or don’t wish to be sexual to call themselves asexual if they want to, because even though it’s not the ‘official’ definition, we’re not here to exclude anybody who wants to be part of our community or would benefit from it. 

Does it help or otherwise benefit you to identify as asexual? Then you can identify as asexual.

A friendly PSA:

1. Water makes pepper spray worse. Use milk or liquid antacid and water. Don’t wear contacts.
2. If you get tear gassed, when you get home, put the contaminated clothes in a plastic bag for later decontamination and shower with cold water to avoid opening your pores.
3. Come with friends and don’t get separated. Avoid leaving the crowd and watch out for police snatch squads.
4. Beware ‘undercovers’, but beware ‘snitchjacketing’ and collaborator ‘peace police’ even more.
5. The far right is very good at combing through pictures and doxxing people. Mask up.
6. Write any necessary phone numbers you may need directly on your skin in sharpie.
7. Have an offsite plan for emergencies if you have not been heard from by X time coordinated with someone offsite.
8. Make sure all mobile devices are charged!!
9. If you plan on going to jail, plan it: bail, lawyer, time off from work, witnesses i.e.: a cadre. Don’t just go to jail without training.
10. Beware folks inciting violence. Most of them are police/ feds. Watch out for hook ups for the same reason. Get to know the crowd. They will set you up.

Justin Trudeau approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline which will run from Canadian oil sands to the Pacific Ocean. The pipeline, which will put Tsleil Waututh First Nations tribal land at risk of oil spills and contamination, undermines every false promise made by Justin Trudeau to put the environment and the safety of FN people first. Trudeau is literally just a liar who has done nothing but break his most important promises to Canadians and further marginalize already marginalized people

Louisiana declares public health emergency in St. Joseph

Each week for months, Janet Thornton has spent $20 to buy drinking water for her husband and herself.

“We don’t have a lot of money,” she said, “so we just boil the water on the stove for our dogs. No one has told us if that’s OK.”

This past spring, the town of St. Joseph was dealing with “not aesthetically pleasing” brown water running through residents’ faucets. State health officials said then it was not dangerous.

Now, a few months later, water in this Louisiana town of about 1,000 shows high amounts of lead in some samples, and it may be dangerous.

On December 16th, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a public health emergency in the town after two of 13 site samples the day before showed elevated levels of lead, which was absent from water samples at the start of the year.

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Golden Ice Trio ft. Katsudon?
  • Victor: "Oh come on, Yura. Just a tiny bite. It's really good! I'm sure you'll like it!"
  • Yuri/Yuuri: "Maybe we shouldn't-"
  • Yurio: "Let me go! Fucking get that spoon away from me! I hope you choke on your stupid katsudon!"
  • Victor: *BLUSHES* "Well, it is pretty big."
  • Yuri/Yuuri: *Blushes like a ripe tomato and faints*
  • Yurio: *realizes* "OH HELL NO."
Your Big No Nos (or What Not to Do at a Crime Scene)

These no nos will be presented in no particular order, but they are all pretty important. Hopefully adding these kinds of details will make your writing seem more realistic ^_^


  • Leave long hair untied (this is Watson’s biggest pet peeve when watching TV shows)
  • Show off your best Sunday clothing, heels are impractical, and nice clothing is going be covered by PPEs anyway so why bother, dress practically for the scene
  • forget to wear proper PPEs, treat your characters nicely by ensuring they don’t die by from diseases contamination
  • improperly process and package evidence, it will ruin your evidence (also there are more packaging options then plastic baggies, and swabs don’t go in plastic vials, they are mounted in cardboard boxes, actually anything that is biological in nature don’t go in plastic to avoid bacterial degradation and mold growth, leaving your evidence non-viable, that’s why bloodied objects usually go in paper envelops)
  • Eat or drink at a crime scene, you can contaminate the scene, and there are loads of health risks to consider
  • Let civilians into the scene, they are not trained on how to handle a scene and should not be in the scene in the first place, access should even be restricted to scene personnel only, anyone not processing the scene will just be taking up space and wreck evidences
  •  just walk right into the scene, there’s usually a survey of the scene where tasks are divided and a plan of attack is set up on how to tackle the scene
  • leave out a command centre, that is where equipment are setup, team meetings are held, and where people regroup and report back to
  • Oh oh oh, don’t have your characters smoke at a scene, that’s not a good idea at all (not to mention it smells gross and is bad for your health, sorry Watson has a bit of a bias)
  • Don’t forget to record the scene before actual evidence processing and collection, records can comes in forms of photography, video, sketches, notes, and photogrammetry

Also, as a side note from Sherls (it’s not so much a crime scene no nos but Watson totally agrees) but why are crime scenes are always processed on bright sunny days? What happens to rain? Or snow? Whether doesn’t vary much in TV, and that’s something writers should pay attention to. Since weather brings its own challenges during scene processing that might be fun to have your investigators tackle (and by fun, Watson means they will hate themselves with every fibre of their being, but they will do it anyway because it is their job). So yeah, we just want to see a little variation in media :P


Peruvian Amazonian Indigenous Peoples Protest Oil Pipelines

The Indigenous people in Peru are protesting the 10th oil pipeline leak that is devastating the Peruvian Amazon causing severe health problems, crop damage and massive contamination.


Hear me loud and clear: If you are a human who requires water to survive, then this issue directly involves you. Don’t let the automatic sink faucets in your homes fool you — that water comes from somewhere, and the second its source is contaminated, so is your bathtub, and your sink, and your drinking liquid. We must not take for granted the severity of this truth. Whatever your cause is. Whatever your passion is. Whatever you care about most… none of your efforts or hard-earned opinions will matter when the planet and the people you’re fighting for have nothing left to show for it.” 

Corpus Christi, Texas, Tells Residents Not To Use Tap Water

City officials in Corpus Christi, Texas, are warning residents not to use their tap water — at all — after possible contamination by an unknown chemical.

A press release from the city points to “a recent back-flow incident in the industrial district,” and instructs residents to use just bottled water all food preparation, drinking, washing and bathing needs until further notice.

“DO NOT TRY TO TREAT THE WATER YOURSELF,” the city says. “Boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting the water stand will not make the water safe.”

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Molecule of the Day: Geosmin

Have you ever wondered what is responsible for petrichor, the characteristic after-rain smell? It’s actually the earthy scent of geosmin (C12H22O), a bicyclic alcohol produced by the soil bacterium Streptomyces! Its name is aptly derived from the Greek words  γεω- for “earth” and ὀσμή for “smell”.

Geosmin is synthesised from farnesyl diphosphate by the enzyme geosmin synthase via the intermediacy of germacradienol, and is released when these bacteria die. Geosmin is also responsible for the scent of fresh earth, but is most easily detected after heavy rain, which causes the soil to be disturbed and the geosmin inside to be released into the air.

While geosmin is pleasant in very low concentrations, it is a common odoriferous contaminant in drinking water, which can make it taste rather nasty. We are exceptionally sensitive to its taste, being able to detect it at concentrations of 5 parts per trillion - an equivalent of 1 single drop in 4 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

Additionally, it also accumulates in fatty skin and dark muscle tissues of freshwater fish like catfish and carp, giving them a muddy taste. However, this unpleasant taste can be removed by cooking the fish with acidic ingredients, such as lemon juice or vinegar. 

Originally posted by livingstills